farmonline - AgCoTech Laos
AN innovative Australian-owned feed factory in South East Asia is
helping to control methane produced by livestock one block at a time.
AgCoTech operations manager Daniel Olsson said the blocks would have a substantial impact across Laos where the raising of cattle and buffalo was a significant contributor to the economy.
"By directly reducing the amount of methane emitted by the animals and improving their productivity, the blocks will have a positive impact on the environment in addition to supporting the local economy and the
livelihoods of farmers in the region, " Mr Olsson said.
"We have a received some blocks from the project and now our cattle look healthier and grow faster. Before the emission control blocks it was difficult to bring the cattle home at night, today they return home more easily because they know the emission control blocks are waiting for them."
- Mr. Lae, Farmer from Nongchong Village
"Rural Aid is proud to offer our primary producers a range of tools to help them get out of a tight spot. Lick blocks are now a part of a Rural Aid toolkit that also contains financial assistance, hay deliveries, counselling sessions, water tanks and water deliveries. In addition to the traditional benefits associated with supplement feeding, these AgCoTech lick blocks have the added advantage of reducing methane emissions from grazing livestock."
- John Warlters, CEO, Rural Aid
"AgCoTech's approach is unique - with a focus not only on reducing emissions, but also positively impacting the social and economic circumstances of Laotian farmers, and improving animal welfare. There must be real and meaningful action to preserve this planet, and our partnership with AgCoTech will allow us to contribute."
- Lance Pollard, Managing Partner, Bennett & Philp Lawyers